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  • Commented on 'Competition: 09-03-2019 - Church'

    • 12 Mar 2019 7:15PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 09-03-2019 - Church'

    • 12 Mar 2019 7:14PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 12-03-2019 - Lamb'

    • 12 Mar 2019 6:43PM
  • Commented on 'Resolution Problem'

    Whilst I agree with what been said, personally I don't think the Canon 18-55mm kit lens is a very good lens. I have two of them that came with different bodies and I never use them now. Their sweet spot is F8 and I usually aim for minimum shutter speed of 1/125 when hand held. This means that you get OK images on bright days with plenty of light. Where the light wasn't so good I often found I was shooting with the lens wide open and ISO in the 400 to 800 range or using a tripod.

    First lens I got that was a big improvement was the Canon 50mm f1.8. Image quality was greatly improved with the advantage of having a wider aperture to cope with less light and sharp images even wide open. Disadvantage of a fixed focal length and shallow depth of field when wide open.

    I then got a Sigma 18-200mm with image stabilisation which again was a great improvement on image quality compared to the kit lens and is still my preferred lens that I use most of the time.

    I also have a Pentax with an 18-55mm kit lens and as has been mentioned about the Nikon one, to me its a little gem and is much better than the Canon offering which reinforces for me that the Canon kit lens is not that good.

    So whilst I agree with the advice given i.e. sort out the focus priority and watch the shutter speed, the lens you have has its limitations and in my opinion you would be happier with a better lens. Ideally something in the Canon L range but if you don't want to pay out that much money, something from Sigma (or possibly Tamron but I have no experience with their lenses) will be better than what you have. Get the best you can afford and I would personally recommend something with image stabilisation.
    • 25 Jun 2017 1:53PM
  • Commented on 'Cleaning a D300'

    Yes it should be okay. Just make sure you have a good fully charged battery in the camera before you start. I would just give it a good blast with an air blower first though as I find that usually get rids of any dust bunnies. You only need to resort to using cleaning swabs and fluid if there are still marks after giving it it a good blow out.

    When you give it a blow, point the camera downwards and blow up into it.
    • 28 May 2017 11:23AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 11-05-2017 - Silhouette'

    • 11 May 2017 10:35AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 11-05-2017 - Silhouette'

    • 11 May 2017 10:34AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 11-05-2017 - Silhouette'

    • 11 May 2017 10:32AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 09-05-2017 - Rust'

    • 9 May 2017 7:16PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 08-05-2017 - 'Old vs New' '

    • 8 May 2017 12:13PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 03-05-2017 - Dandelions'

    • 3 May 2017 1:33PM
  • Commented on 'Best alternative for lightroom'

    +1 for Darktable. I use it all the time.
    • 2 May 2017 8:43PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 30-04-2017 - Frames'

    • 30 Apr 2017 7:55PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 30-04-2017 - Frames'

    • 30 Apr 2017 7:52PM
  • Commented on 'Best way to give my desktop wireless capability?'

    Have you considered powerline adaptors e.g. click here
    I use them to connect router downstairs to desktop in upstairs office and also streaming to TV in bedroom. Link is just an example, there are lots of other makes available.
    • 29 Apr 2017 1:10PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 29-04-2017 - Bluebells'

    • 29 Apr 2017 10:58AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 29-04-2017 - Bluebells'

    • 29 Apr 2017 10:56AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 29-04-2017 - Bluebells'

    • 29 Apr 2017 10:51AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 29-04-2017 - Bluebells'

    • 29 Apr 2017 10:49AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 29-04-2017 - Bluebells'

    • 29 Apr 2017 10:46AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 29-04-2017 - Bluebells'

    • 29 Apr 2017 10:44AM
  • Commented on 'Motorola moto g4....... Guidance please.'

    You can buy the phone sim free from John Lewis for 90 and then either use your existing provider (just contact them and ask them to send a micro sim) or get a new sim from someone like Giff Gaff . Its who I use and the credit for top ups doesn't expire. I believe they use th O2 network.
    • 28 Apr 2017 2:45PM
  • Commented on 'Correcting errors in the darkroom development stage'

    When you done the test with the DSLR, remember that changing the ISO setting changes the sensitivity of the sensor. In film equivalence its like taking out the 100 ISO film and putting in 400 ISO film which is why the test shots were over exposed.

    With the film camera, changing the ISO setting has no effect on the film ISO. If you had the ISO set to 400, it would only affect the metering, the film would still be ISO 100. So if you used manual and settings from the light meter, then as Philh04 said, you should be good to go.
    • 22 Apr 2017 12:52PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 16-04-2017 - Bridge'

    Only remaining wooden railway bridge in the UK
    • 16 Apr 2017 6:39PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 15-04-2017 - Flowers'

    • 15 Apr 2017 12:16PM
  • Commented on 'End of Vista.'

    Have you thought about using a different operating system such as Linux? There are many free versions available and I swapped over when XP expired. The one I use is Peppermint . You can run it from a DVD/USB stick before installing to see if you like it.
    • 13 Apr 2017 1:14AM
  • Commented on 'Bird ID'

    Thank you for your comments. I suspected it was some type of pigeon because of the colouring on its chest reminded me a bit of a feral pigeon. I have never seen a pigeon with so much white before and the red beak seemed uncharacteristic of a pigeon. Googling pigeon images came up with nothing similar. Now you mention it, it does look the rights size and shape for a wood pigeon.

    Edit as Tianshi_angle posted as I did, you could be closer with a racing pigeon. It did seem very tame so maybe used to being around people. It sat there while I was photographing something else and didn't seem bothered if I got close to it whereas pigeons are normally quite timid and fly off if you go near them.
    • 9 Apr 2017 10:23AM
  • Commented on 'Bird ID'

    As you guys are so good at it Smile can anyone tell me what this is?
    • 8 Apr 2017 11:09PM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 08-04-2017 - Pier'

    • 8 Apr 2017 4:31AM
  • Commented on 'Competition: 26-03-2017 - Boat'

    • 26 Mar 2017 7:38PM